Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Recipe

Glazed ham in roasting dish garnished with orange slices, served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolls.

This Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Recipe is simply the best! Made with brown sugar, mustard, pineapple, and honey, this glaze makes an addictive and moist ham every time. It will be the star of your holiday dinner! 

In my opinion, glazed ham is good enough to serve all year long, but it’s especially perfect for Christmas or Easter dinner. Serve it with Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, or these Best Glazed Carrots. And if you have leftovers, you can whip up these Ham and Cheese Pinwheels with Everything Bagel Seasoning for a special treat.

This recipe is a crowd-pleaser around the holidays and it’s SO easy! In fact, it’s almost completely hands-free: Just make the glaze and baste the ham throughout the baking time. No extra steps, minimal mess, and stellar results. 

Too often people spend long hours in the kitchen only to end up with a bland, dry ham. Not so with this recipe! This ham turns out super moist and full of flavor thanks to the glaze. The sweet pineapple, honey, and brown sugar meld into the perfect sticky glaze, while the mustard balances the sweetness. The glaze makes this ham. 

How do you make glazed ham?

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Place the ham, cut side down, in a shallow roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil to retain moisture. 
  3. Bake, until the center registers 100-110 degrees, (approx. 10-14 minutes per pound). 
  4. Whisk together glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until brown sugar dissolves, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  5. Remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees. 
  6. Brush ham with glaze.
  7. Bake, uncovered, until the ham reaches an internal temperature of around 140 degrees, approximately 20-30 minutes, brushing with additional glaze every 10 minutes.
  8. Remove ham from oven and brush again with glaze. Loosely cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes, then brush once more with any remaining glaze and serve.

What is the best ham to buy?

  • I prefer to buy a fully cooked, bone-in, spiral ham. Bone-in hams tend to be the most flavorful, but spiral hams have the added benefit of being easier to cut. I also think more of the brown sugar mustard glaze seeps into the ham this way. 

How long should you cook a fully cooked ham?

  • Since the ham is already fully cooked, the most important thing is just to get it warm again. To be warmed all the way through, cook your ham until a meat thermometer reads 140°F when inserted in the thickest part of the ham. For a 5-7 pound ham, this takes about 2 ½ hours. 
  • Don’t have a thermometer? This is my favorite meat thermometer!

Extreme close up of glaze on ham.

FAQ

How do you keep glazed ham moist?

  • My first big tip is to cook the ham with the cut side down to seal the moisture into the ham. Then make sure to add glaze about every 30 minutes to keep adding and sealing in moisture. Last, be careful not to overbake the ham. It is already cooked, so it only needs to be warmed through. 

Can you glaze a ham the night before?

  • It’s best to glaze this ham while it is cooking, so I prefer to do it the day-of. The glaze adds moisture to the ham and creates a super delicious caramelized crust on the top that is best when served fresh. 

What’s the best glaze for ham?

  • I make this glaze with pineapple, honey, brown sugar, and mustard for the ultimate flavor – it’s the best! The most important tip is to not overcook the glaze on the stove. Bring it to a gentle simmer and only cook it until the sugar is dissolved. If you cook it too long, you’ll end up with a thick caramel-like mixture that isn’t easy to spread on the ham. 

Glaze variations:

  • Orange Glaze: Swap the pineapple juice for orange juice.
  • Maple Glaze: Swap the honey for maple syrup.
  • Apricot Glaze: Swap the honey for apricot preserves.Glazed ham in roasting dish garnished with orange slices, served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolls.

Wine pairings for Glazed Ham:

  • A Chardonnay or Riesling would compliment the sweet and salty flavors of this ham.
  • For red wine, a Zinfandel or Pinot Noir would make great pairings for this recipe.

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Glazed ham in roasting dish garnished with orange slices, served with mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and rolls.

Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Recipe

This Brown Sugar Mustard Glazed Ham Recipe is simply the best! Made with brown sugar, mustard, pineapple juice, and honey, this glaze makes an addictive and moist ham every time. It will be the star of your Christmas or Easter dinner!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings: 6 -8

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ cups packed dark brown sugar
  • cup pineapple juice
  • cup honey
  • 1 Tablespoon orange zest
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 5-7 pound bone-in, fully cooked, spiral-cut ham

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  • Place ham cut side down in a shallow roasting pan. Cover tightly with foil to retain moisture.
  • Bake ham at 325 degrees until the center registers 100-110 degrees, (approx. 10-14 minutes per pound).
  • Meanwhile, whisk together all of the Brown Sugar Glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring often, until brown sugar dissolves, about 1-2 minutes. Set aside.
  • Remove ham from oven and increase oven temperature to 400 degrees.
  • Carefully remove foil and brush ham all over with 1/3 glaze. If glaze has thickened, return to what to loosen.
  • Bake, uncovered, until the ham reaches an internal temperature of around 140 degrees, approximately 20-30 minutes, brushing with additional glaze every 10 minutes.
  • Remove ham from oven and brush again with glaze. Loosely cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes, then brush once more with any remaining glaze and serve.

Notes

Tips: 
  • Bake ham cut side down to make it more moist. 
  • Simmer the glaze only until sugar is melted, then remove from the heat. 
  • For a moist ham, don't cook past 140°F. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 524kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 2254mg | Potassium: 626mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 2mg

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